Best initiative for the prevention, or earlier detection, of diabetes

The recent Action for Diabetes document emphasises the need to focus on prevention. This category recognises the impact of preventative initiatives in helping to reduce the growing prevalence of diabetes and in reducing the impact of complications for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Submissions may include initiatives around disease or symptoms awareness programmes; early identification measures such as screening programmes; lifestyle interventions such as weight management, dietary programmes, fitness and overall healthy living; innovative screening initiatives for the complications of diabetes which increase engagement or initiatives which support patients to reduce their risk of specific complications. We would welcome entries from schools, Weight Watchers, Slimming World and similar initiatives, as well as local authority and clinician-led programmes.

Entries must demonstrate evidence of the following:

  • A clearly identified problem(s) with coherent aims, objectives, a documented programme of care with timescales, evidence of outcomes and follow-up data 
  • Involvement of stakeholders and/or people with diabetes in developing the initiative
  • State how the strategy fits into existing pathways
  • Improved clinical and/or quality of life and/or psychosocial outcome
  • Patient stories demonstrating benefit
  • Evidence of quality improvement in the six dimensions of quality improvement; ie there should be evidence of safety, effectiveness, efficiency (including cost savings) as well as being patient-centred, equitable and timely. Quantifiable outcomes for the local population should be demonstrated, for example:
    • change in population behaviours, eg increased use of fitness facilities
    • uptake of programme
    • participation of target audience within the initiative
    • resulting changes in individual’s behaviours, ie increased physical activity or biomedical markers (weight or blood pressure reduction)
    • experiential outcomes of engagement, ie access to information or personal satisfaction
    • evidence of earlier disease identification
  • Sustainability of the initiative.

Evidence should also be shown of:

  • Local population analysis and understanding
  • Engagement with the local community
  • Transferability to other areas/organisations/departments and sectors
  • Impact on staff and/or the organisation
  • Innovation
  • Teamwork and/or collaboration across departments, organisations and sectors.





Debbie Tuesley
+44 (0)1372 414243

Siobhan Thwaites
+44 (0)1372 414247

The Diabetes Times


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